The principal of East Ridge Middle School has apologized after stirring up controversy over the schools’ theme for Black History Month.
Parents aren’t happy with the ‘All Lives Matter’ theme and said they want more than just an apology.
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“We’ve got to change minds about this and this principal we’ve had a conversation between her and I and I just want her to look at it from a different perspective,” East Ridge Middle School parent Jessica Arnold said.
Arnold has a daughter in sixth grade at East Ridge Middle School. She said she received this newsletter Sunday night.
“Whoever thought that was a good idea really just refused to think critically about this or willfully ignorant about it or just doesn’t want to educate themselves about it and that disturbs me from the educators of my children,” Arnold said.
Arnold said she isn’t the only one who thinks it is wrong.
“Most people were like what, like seriously?” Arnold said.
Arnold said this is a political statement and she doesn’t want to see politics or religion associated with public schooling.
“No matter what they are doing, they are marginalizing a good bit of their student population,” Arnold said.
East Ridge Middle School Principal Christy Caldwell Drake sent an apology to the community Monday night.
There is no word yet on what the theme will be changed to.